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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bee Pollen - The Natural Wonder!

Happy Wednesday Blogger Friends!

From all of us at www.SharpWebLabs.com and www.FloridaHerbHouse.com happy Wednesday!
This article is to educate one on bee pollen which has been a fast growing nutrient used in many household recipes now.

While most people recognize the term bee pollen, many people do not know what bee pollen actually is or what it has to offer. Bee Pollen is one of nature¹s unique and most powerful foods. It is flower pollen that bees collect for food. Bee pollen offers a treasure trove of special plant nutrients.

Did You Know?
The nutrients found in Bee Pollen are extremely high quality. Not only does bee pollen contain high quality nutrients that can be burned as fuel, it also provides nutrients that are helpful in maintaining and promoting health.

The nutritional makeup of Bee Pollen is extremely broad spectrum. The wide range of nutrients found in Bee Pollen include polyphenols, enzymes, beneficial fatty acids, free amino acids, vitamin complexes, chelated minerals and trace elements, as well as a large array of phytonutrients that have yet to be identified. This nutritional diversity makes Bee Pollen an ideal dietary supplement as a complement and boost to a well-rounded diet.

The nutrients in Bee Pollen are very concentrated. This nutritional density means that even small amounts provide effective and valuable levels of important nutrients. In other words, bee pollen, as a food source or as a supplement, provides low volume, but high intensity, nutrition.

One teaspoonful of pollen contains approximately 1,200 pellets or 2.5 billion grains, each of which has the capacity to supply those factors that are necessary in order to fertilize and reproduce the particular species that it represents (such as a fruit, grain or tree). Pollen is composed of myriads of microspores that are produced in the anthers of flowers and in the cones of conifers. Each grain measures approximately .002 inches in diameter (although the representative diameter is somewhere near one-half millimeter), and each bee-collected pellet contains approximately two million grains of pollen.

Pollen contains the richest known source of vitamins, minerals, proteins amino acids, hormones, enzymes and fats, as well as significant quantities of natural antibiotics. Most of the known vitamins in pollen exist in perfect proportion, which further enhances their value.

One gram of fresh raw pollen contains from 7 to 15 mg. of vitamin C, along with traces of vitamin E (tocopherol).

Although vitamin K does not exist in mixed pollens, it is usually found in fermented pollen (bee bread). It is most likely created by bacteria that either accompany or assist in the fermentation process whenever pollen is stored in the cells of the combs. While ordinary pollen gradually deteriorates while in storage, bee bread closely resembles fresh pollen and retains its food value (even after more than two years).

Pollens usually contain as much as 17 milligrams of rutin, although beehive stored pollen may contain up to 13 percent. The richest supply of rutin is found in buckwheat pollen, due to the fact that rutin is derived from buckwheat. Daily consumption of from 60 to 70 grams of pollen is considered safe insofar as the intake of rutin is concerned.

There is many other unmentioned vitamins and minerals in just one teaspoon of bee pollen so buy some today at www.SharpWebLabs.com and boost your health today!


Carol C.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Buzz On Making BeesWax - Lee's Bees

Happy Monday Blogger Pals!

From all of us at www.KissMyBees.com we welcome you to another bee blog! Many people who use our candles and lip balms occasionally ask us "Where Do You Get Your Bees Wax?" and also "How Does Bees Wax Get Made?". Well we are here to answer those questions today.

Our Bees Wax candles are made out of 100% pure beeswax with no additives. We get our beeswax mostly from local Florida bee-keepers. The beekeepers are the ones who house and support the bee colonies and as a result produce honey and bee wax. Below is a perfect description from our friends at The Bees Wax Co. on the formation of beeswax by honey bees.

It all begins on a flower in the field. Bees collect nectar from the flowers and bring it to the hive where it becomes either beeswax or honey. A bee's diet consists primarily of honey, and any honey not consumed by the bees or in the raising of brood is stored as surplus and is ultimately consumed in the winter months when no flowers are available. It is the other use of honey that is of interest to us here: the conversion into beeswax.

The production of beeswax is essential to the bee colony. It is used to construct the combs in which the bees raise their brood and into which they store pollen and surplus honey for the winter.

Worker bees, which live only around 35 days in the summer, develop special wax-producing glands on their abdomens (inner sides of the sternites of abdominal segments 4 to 7) and are most efficient at wax production during the 10th through the 16th days of their lives. From about day 18 until the end of its life, a bee's wax glands steadily decline. The bees consume honey (6-8 pound of honey are need to produce a pound of wax) causing the special wax-producing glands to covert the sugar into wax which is extruded through small pores. The wax appears as small flakes on the bees' abdomen. At this point the flakes are essentially transparent and only become white after being chewed. It is in the mastication process that salivary secretions are added to the wax to help soften it. This also accounts for its change in color.
The exact process of how a bee transfers the wax scales from its abdomen to its mandibles was a mystery for years. It's now known to be done in either of two ways. Most of the activities in the hive are cooperative so it should be no surprise that other worker bees are willing to oblige and remove the wax scales from their neighbors and then chew them. The other method is for the same bee extruding the wax to process her own wax scales. This is done using one hind leg to move a wax scale to the first pair of legs (forelegs). A foreleg then makes the final transfer to the mandibles where it is masticated and then applied to the comb being constructed or repaired.
Beeswax becomes soft and very pliable if the temperature is too high (it actually melts at 149 F). Likewise, it becomes brittle and difficult to manage if the temperature is too low. However, honeybees maintain their hive at a temperature of around 95 degrees Fahrenheit which is just perfect for the manipulation of beeswax: not to hot to be at the point of dripping and not to cold to so as to be brittle.

A honeycomb constructed from beeswax is nothing short of a triumph of engineering. It consists of hexagon shaped cylinders (six-sided) that fit naturally side-by-side. It has been definitively proven by mathematicians that by making the cells into hexagons, it is the very most efficient: the smallest possible amount of wax is used for the volume of honey it contains. It has also been shown to be one of the strongest possible shapes while using the least amount of material.
The color of beeswax comprising a comb is at first white and then darkens with age and use. This is especially true if it is used to raise brood. Pigmentation in the wax can result in colors ranging from white, through shades of yellow, orange, and red all the way to brown. The color has no significance as to the quality of the wax (other than its aesthetic appeal).

Try one of our famous Florida Bees Wax Lip Balms or one of our hand-poured beeswax candles for a true treat any time! Shop online at www.KissMyBees.com, www.FloridaHerbHouse.com, or www.SharpWebLabs.com! We welcome your questions always! :-)


Stephen C. Sharp

BeesWax Makes People Smile - Earth Friendly Candles And Lip Balm

Hi Blogger Pals!

Hello Blogger Friends!First from all of us at FloridaHerbHouse.com and SharpWebLabs.com we would like to say Happy New Year to all! At our herb house we love nothing more than new opportunities to help our environment and if we can make a few extra bucks doing it then hey GRREAT!

Anyway last year at our retail and online herb stores we began to slowly add our new hand-poured pure beeswax candles and lip balm all home made from Lee's Bees at www.KissMyBees.com. We are beginning to discuss the endless benefits from burning beeswax candles and using beeswax lip balm in replacement of conventional paraffin wax candles and lip balms. Yes the price is quite a bit more when opting to go down the beeswax avenue but the rewards are hardly small.

With beeswax candles burning almost no soot to lasting as much as 100% longer than conventional wax candles and using beeswax lip balm for true natural protection from the sun and environment we are going to start discussing these benefits in detail. If anyone has had the chance to sample our famous Florida lip balms or smell one of our pure beeswax candles you will smile too!

For the best in all natural and organic candles, lip balms, herbs, spices, seaweed, mushrooms, essential oils, herb tinctures and more at wholesale and bulk prices please see our in stock list of over 1000 herbs and organic spices at www.SharpWebLabs.com or www.FloridaHerbHouse.com.

Sincerely Yours,
Carol K.